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Cheltenham 1 Everton 5: Match report

Cheltenham 1 Everton 5: Blues cruise into fourth round with comfortable win at Abbey Business Stadium

PUBLISHED:

21:36 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 7 January 2013

Everton avoided an FA Cup third round upset in Gloucestershire as they eased past League Two high-flyers Cheltenham on Monday.

Nikica Jelavic opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he pounced on Marouane Fellaini's rebounded effort and Leighton Baines converted a penalty shortly after as the Premier League side led 2-0 at half-time.

Leon Osman made it 3-0 within minutes of the restart before Russell Penn pulled one back for Cheltenham.

But Seamus Coleman restored the three-goal cushion moments later and Fellaini rounded off the scoring just before the end as Victor Anichebe provided assists for both goals.

Everton will travel to either Bolton or Sunderland in the fourth round at the end of January.

More to follow

Opener: Jelavic scored Everton's first goal in the 12th minute

Opener: Jelavic scored Everton's first goal in the 12th minute

Composed: Baines scored a penalty to double Everton's lead

Composed: Baines scored a penalty to double Everton's lead

Easy: Osman added a third for the Premier League side just after half-time

Easy: Osman added a third for the Premier League side just after half-time

Osman scored the third goal

Hope: Penn pulled a goal back for Cheltenham to reduce their arrears to 3-1

Hope: Penn pulled a goal back for Cheltenham to reduce their arrears to 3-1

Rout: Coleman scored Everton's fourth goal to restore their three-goal cushion

Rout: Coleman scored Everton's fourth goal to restore their three-goal cushion

MATCH FACTS:

Cheltenham: Brown, Jombati, Bennett, Elliott, Jones, McGlashan (Deering 80), Pack, Carter (Taylor 66), Mohamed, Penn, Goulding (Duffy 66).

Subs not used: Roberts, Lowe, Hooman, Harrad.

Goal: Penn 51.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines (Gueye 63), Neville, Osman (Naismith 68), Anichebe, Fellaini, Oviedo, Jelavic (Hitzlsperger 80).

Subs not used: Mucha, Barkley, Vellios, Duffy.

Goals: Jelavic 12, Baines (pen) 21, Osman 49, Coleman 58, Fellaini 89.

Att: 6,891

Referee: Kevin Friend

League Two round-up: Port Vale close in on leaders Gillingham

League Two round-up: Port Vale close in on leaders Gillingham after win at Rotherham

PUBLISHED:

19:52 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

20:15 GMT, 26 December 2012

Port Vale closed the gap on npower League Two leaders Gillingham to two points after triumphing 2-1 at Rotherham.

Vale took the lead when Ryan Burge's pass fell to Louis Dodds to prod home and soon after Tom Pope added a second, before home substitute Kieran Agard was on target to set up an anxious finish.

Gillingham saw their lead trimmed after losing 1-0 at home to Barnet with Jake Hyde's first-half strike settling the contest at Priestfield Stadium.

Slip up: Leaders Gillingham lost 1-0 to Barnet at Priestfield

Slip up: Leaders Gillingham lost 1-0 to Barnet at Priestfield

RESULTS:

Aldershot 2-2 Bristol Rovers

Bradford 2-1 Accrington

Burton Albion 3-2 Rochdale

Cheltenham 4-0 Wycombe

Chesterfield 3-0 York

Dag & Red 0-3 Southend

Exeter 1-3 Oxford Utd

Fleetwood 1-0 Morecambe

Gillingham 0-1 Barnet

Plymouth 1-1 Torquay

Rotherham 1-2 Port Vale

Wimbledon P-P Northampton (waterlogged pitch)

Cheltenham bounced back from their surprise 4-1 defeat at Rochdale with a 4-0 drubbing of Wycombe.

Goals from Jake Taylor, Jeff Goulding, Darryl Duffy and Jermaine McGlashan kept the Robins in third place.

Promotion-chasing Southend extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches with a brace from Gavin Tomlin helping them beat his former club Dagenham and Redbridge 3-0 with Kevan Hurst hitting the third.

Bradford remain just adrift of a top-four berth after defeating Accrington Stanley 2-1 thanks to goals from Garry Thompson and Alan Connell that sandwiched a strike by Rommy Boco.

Oxford made it five games unbeaten with an impressive 3-1 victory at promotion-chasing Exeter.

James Constable took his tally for the season to nine with goals either side of half-time and Peter Leven added the third before Jamie Cureton bagged from the penalty spot for the Grecians.

Promotion chasers: Southend won 3-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games

Promotion chasers: Southend won 3-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games

Three second-half goals from Drew Talbot, Danny Whitaker and Tendayi Darikwa gave Chesterfield a convincing 3-0 win over York, John Ward earned a point on his managerial return to Bristol Rovers after the Pirates left it late to earn a 2-2 draw at fellow strugglers Aldershot, with Eliot Richards climbing off the bench to snatch a point.

Michael Hector's stunning strike put the home side ahead, David Clarkson and Craig Reid then exchanged successful spot-kicks, only for Richards to drive home the leveller with three minutes to spare.

Teenage debutant Tyler Harvey smashed home a dramatic late equaliser for Plymouth as they drew 1-1 with Devon rivals Torquay at Home Park.

All square: Devon rivals Plymouth and Torquay drew 1-1 at Home Park

All square: Devon rivals Plymouth and Torquay drew 1-1 at Home Park

The 17-year-old youth product equalised with a superb left-foot shot on the spin from the edge of the box after Aaron Downes had given Torquay the lead.

Burton surrendered a two-goal lead against Rochdale but still managed to pick up a 3-2 victory.

Goals from Billy Kee and Calvin Zola put the Brewers in charge, but Peter Cavanagh and Bobby Grant levelled the score before Kee hit the winner.
Striker David Ball's sixth goal of the season handed Graham Alexander his first victory as Fleetwood boss as they beat Morecambe 1-0.

Port Vale close in on League Two leaders Gillingham after win at Rotherham

League Two round-up: Port Vale close in on leaders Gillingham after win at Rotherham

PUBLISHED:

19:52 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

19:52 GMT, 26 December 2012

Port Vale closed the gap on npower League Two leaders Gillingham to two points after triumphing 2-1 at Rotherham.

Vale took the lead when Ryan Burge's pass fell to Louis Dodds to prod home and soon after Tom Pope added a second, before home substitute Kieran Agard was on target to set up an anxious finish.

Gillingham saw their lead trimmed after losing 1-0 at home to Barnet with Jake Hyde's first-half strike settling the contest at Priestfield Stadium.

Slip up: Leaders Gillingham lost 1-0 to Barnet at Priestfield

Slip up: Leaders Gillingham lost 1-0 to Barnet at Priestfield

RESULTS:

Aldershot 2-2 Bristol Rovers

Bradford 2-1 Accrington

Burton Albion 3-2 Rochdale

Cheltenham 4-0 Wycombe

Chesterfield 3-0 York

Dag & Red 0-3 Southend

Exeter 1-3 Oxford Utd

Fleetwood 1-0 Morecambe

Gillingham 0-1 Barnet

Plymouth 1-1 Torquay

Rotherham 1-2 Port Vale

Wimbledon P-P Northampton (waterlogged pitch)

Cheltenham bounced back from their surprise 4-1 defeat at Rochdale with a 4-0 drubbing of Wycombe.

Goals from Jake Taylor, Jeff Goulding, Darryl Duffy and Jermaine McGlashan kept the Robins in third place.

Promotion-chasing Southend extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches with a brace from Gavin Tomlin helping them beat his former club Dagenham and Redbridge 3-0 with Kevan Hurst hitting the third.

Bradford remain just adrift of a top-four berth after defeating Accrington Stanley 2-1 thanks to goals from Garry Thompson and Alan Connell that sandwiched a strike by Rommy Boco.

Oxford made it five games unbeaten with an impressive 3-1 victory at promotion-chasing Exeter.

James Constable took his tally for the season to nine with goals either side of half-time and Peter Leven added the third before Jamie Cureton bagged from the penalty spot for the Grecians.

Promotion chasers: Southend won 3-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games

Promotion chasers: Southend won 3-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games

Three second-half goals from Drew Talbot, Danny Whitaker and Tendayi Darikwa gave Chesterfield a convincing 3-0 win over York, John Ward earned a point on his managerial return to Bristol Rovers after the Pirates left it late to earn a 2-2 draw at fellow strugglers Aldershot, with Eliot Richards climbing off the bench to snatch a point.

Michael Hector's stunning strike put the home side ahead, David Clarkson and Craig Reid then exchanged successful spot-kicks, only for Richards to drive home the leveller with three minutes to spare.

Teenage debutant Tyler Harvey smashed home a dramatic late equaliser for Plymouth as they drew 1-1 with Devon rivals Torquay at Home Park.

All square: Devon rivals Plymouth and Torquay drew 1-1 at Home Park

All square: Devon rivals Plymouth and Torquay drew 1-1 at Home Park

The 17-year-old youth product equalised with a superb left-foot shot on the spin from the edge of the box after Aaron Downes had given Torquay the lead.

Burton surrendered a two-goal lead against Rochdale but still managed to pick up a 3-2 victory.

Goals from Billy Kee and Calvin Zola put the Brewers in charge, but Peter Cavanagh and Bobby Grant levelled the score before Kee hit the winner.
Striker David Ball's sixth goal of the season handed Graham Alexander his first victory as Fleetwood boss as they beat Morecambe 1-0.

Wigan 46 Catalan Dragons 6: Match report

Wigan 46 Catalan Dragons 6: Classy Carmont aiming for a fine farewell

By
Neil Barraclough

PUBLISHED:

23:40 GMT, 14 September 2012

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UPDATED:

23:40 GMT, 14 September 2012

Shaune Wane set his sights on giving hat-trick hero George Carmont the perfect finish to his career after this comfortable play-off romp.

Carmont scored twice in the first nine minutes and then completed his treble 12 minutes from time as Wigan cruised into the Super League semi-finals.

But the 34-year-old insists he will hang up his boots at the end of the season, despite still being one of the best centres in the competition.

Off Pat: The conversion goes over for kicker Richards

Off Pat: The conversion goes over for kicker Richards

Wane said: ‘I speak to him every day.

‘He’s a quality player and he’s a very proud man. He loves this town and this club and he wants to make sure he goes out on a high.

‘He’s one of the best professionals I’ve ever worked with, and if he wants to finish on a high note then I’m hell-bent on doing that for him.’

Carmont grabbed the headlines, but another departing veteran, Brett Finch, was the brains behind this Wigan triumph.

Aussie stand-off Finch, 31, will also return Down Under at the end of the year after leaving an indelible mark on the Warriors. He soldiered on with a restrictive leg injury to make a telling contribution despite barely getting beyond walking pace, as Wigan built up a 22-6 advantage.

His stunning pass sent Carmont over for the opener, then he split Catalan’s line with a short ball that released Liam Farrell and set up Carmont’s second.

By the time Thomas Leuluai fended off Greg Mounis for the hosts’ third score, Wigan were uncatchable.

Catalan eventually found a way through, with Thomas Bosc exposing a four-on-one overlap before feeding Louis Anderson, but Finch and Leuluai combined to create enough space for Darrell Goulding to crash over before half time.

Farrell strolled over for a deserved score three minutes into the second half, then Sam Tomkins gathered Matty Smith’s kick to inflict further misery on the well-beaten visitors.

Carmont’s hat-trick try and a wonder score from Josh Charnley, who beat five men on a 100-metre dash, finished a fine night for the Warriors.

The Catalan boss Trent Robinson said: ‘We fought hard to finish fourth and get here, but we didn’t show that. Wigan taught us another lesson.’

London 6 Wigan 44: Warriors win comfortably

London 6 Wigan 44: Broncos bashed aside by wild Warriors

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UPDATED:

16:42 GMT, 21 July 2012

Sam Tomkins inspired Wigan to a comfortable victory in London, ruining Broncos' interim coach Tony Rea's return to the capital.

Tomkins scored four tries, created two more and also booted 12 points as league leaders Wigan rebounded from their Challenge Cup exit last weekend.

For Rea, it was a harsh lesson of the job ahead after stepping into the Broncos' hotseat earlier this week.

Easy does it: Matty Smith of Wigan Warriors scores a try

Easy does it: Matty Smith of Wigan Warriors scores a try

Wigan recalled both Iain Thornley and Matty Smith to their starting line-up after the pair were cup-tied in last week's defeat to Leeds.

For the Broncos, all eyes were on interim coach Rea, flown over from Australia to retake the reins at the Stoop for the first time since 2006 after Rob Powell was relieved of his duties.

But the Londoners were also able to welcome back Craig Gower and Antonio Kaufusi, who sat out the loss at Bradford with injuries.

The two sides had indulged in a ding-dong battle at the DW Stadium earlier this campaign, Wigan eventually edging a thriller 42-30.

And the scoring got underway within two minutes this time round, Tomkins exchanging passes with Josh Charnley to scamper over.

And minutes later it was Charnley himself who added the second score, courtesy of an excellent defence-splitting pass from Darrell Goulding.

Wigan were producing exhibition rugby, and the home defence was struggling to stick to the task.

Turned over: Brocos were ripped apart

Turned over: Brocos were ripped apart

The Broncos were struggling to make their mark when they had the ball, although Scott Wheeldon was held up as he looked to muscle his way over after a 40/20 from Gower had given them promising field position.

The Warriors kept wasting chances, though, enabling the Broncos to remain in the contest, with Chad Randall the next to go close for the hosts when he was also held up over the line.

Wigan always looked as though they could go up a gear if needed, but their refusal to do so was surprising, especially when they had cut through the London defence so easily early on.

But with half-time approaching the Warriors did up the tempo, and it was Tomkins again who rounded off a flowing move a minute before the break.

Minutes after the interval Wigan all but killed the game as a contest, Thornley romping over after another clever pass from Tomkins.

Tomkins was not done their as provider, though, laying on the next score for Smith on 50 minutes after another incisive break.

The full-back then completed his try hat-trick, before Brett Finch got in on the scoring act, cantering through a huge gap in the London defence to touch down at the posts.

There was further bad news for the hosts when Dan Sarginson was then stretchered off with a leg injury, but seconds later the Broncos did have something to cheer when Michael Robertson crossed on 67 minutes.

Tomkins still was not finished, though, chipping through and gathering his own kick to notch his fourth five minutes later.

Wigan 20 Warrington 22: Warriors pay penalty as Hodgson kicks winner

Wigan 20 Warrington 22: Warriors pay penalty as Hodgson kicks winner

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UPDATED:

00:15 GMT, 24 March 2012

Brett Hodgson's 40-metre penalty with eight minutes left took Warrington to Super League’s summit.

Hodgson kept his nerve when Wigan’s Epalahame Lauaki was penalised for a dangerous throw, and though the Wolves clung on, coach Tony Smith still wasn’t happy.

‘We’re frustrated with how we’re playing,’ said Smith. ‘We have to rectify that so we don’t have to do it the hard way.’

Try time! Wolves' Briers scores for the visitors

Try time! Wolves' Briers scores for the visitors

Match facts

Wigan: Tries: Hock, McIlorum, Richards.

Goals: Richards 2, Charnley 2.

Wigan: S. Tomkins, Charnley, Goulding, Carmont, Richards,
Finch, Leuluai, Prescott, McIlorum, Lauaki, Hansen, Hock,
O'Loughlin.

Replacements: Flower for Prescott (24), Tuson for McIlorum (66), Lima for Lauaki (17), Farrell for Hansen (26).

Warrington: Tries: Atkins, J. Monaghan, Briers. Goals: Hodgson 5.

Warrington: Hodgson, Riley, C. Bridge, Atkins, J. Monaghan, Briers, Myler, Morley, M. Monaghan, Cooper, Waterhouse, Westwood, Grix.

Replacements: Blythe for C. Bridge (27), Wood for Cooper (20), Hill for Grix (27).

Substitutes: Dwyer.

Attendance: 21,267

Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury).

Warrington had briefly led following
Ryan Atkins’ early try, but Sam Tomkins set up Pat Richards at the start
of the second half to put the hosts in control, only for Lee Briers’
interception try to set up a tense finish.

Warriors boss Shaun Wane
said: ‘I feel like our pocket has been picked.’

The Wolves looked anything but likely victors in an error-strewn opening in which Simon Grix, Michael Monaghan and Trent Waterhouse put their side under enormous pressure by surrendering possession deep inside their own half.

Richards punished them with a penalty which took him past 2,000 points but it merely served to relieve the pressure and the Wolves scored the game's first try from their first meaningful attack.

Half-backs Lee Briers and Richie Myler moved the ball out to the left where centre Ryan Atkins proved unstoppable from 10 yards, taking Darrell Goulding and Josh Charnley over the line with him.

Hodgson's touchline goal made it 6-2 but then Wigan forward Gareth Hock came into his own, intercepting Joel Monaghan's pass to relieve pressure on his own line and causing havoc at the other with his powerful running and offloading.

He levelled the scores on 18 minutes, forcing his way over for a try from acting half-back, and Richards' second goal restored the Warriors' lead before substitute Liam Farrell's break set up the position for hooker Michael McIlorum to add a second try on 26 minutes.

The action was fast and furious as both sides continued to create chances only to be thwarted by magnificent defence.

Atkins came to Warrington's rescue
with a crucial tackle on birthday boy Sam Tomkins before Brett Finch
performed similar heroics to deny Briers and it took some exceptional
finishing by Warrington winger Joel Monaghan to break the deadlock.

Decider: Hodgson kicked the winning penalty

Decider: Hodgson kicked the winning penalty

The Australian took Hodgson's cut-out
pass to dive over at the corner five minutes before half-time and bring
his side to within two points.

Hodgson was inches wide with the goalkick but levelled the scores on the stroke of half-time with his first penalty.

The
try-saving heroics continued in the second half, with Chris Riley
halting Tomkins' trademark mazy run, but it set up the position for
George Carmont to get Richards over at the corner.

Charnley,
who took over the goalkicking with Richards nursing a thigh injury, was
off target for the second time but re-established his side's six-point
lead with a penalty.

Briers then intercepted Thomas Leuluai's pass to score Warrington's third try and Hodgson's goal made it 18-18.

A
second Charnley penalty on 55 minutes edged the home side back in front
and Richards had a try disallowed for putting a foot in touch as Wigan
began to look the more likely winners.

As the tension mounted, tempers became frayed and Wigan prop Epalahame Lauaki was put on report by referee Richard Silverwood for raising his elbow.

Hodgson levelled the scores for a fourth time with a 67th-minute penalty and, as Wigan continued to incur the wrath of referee Silverwood, the veteran full-back added another from 40 metres out to settle it.

Bradford 16 Wigan 54: Richards stars as Warriors crush Bulls

Bradford 16 Wigan 54: Richards stars as Warriors crush Bulls

Wigan winger Pat Richards produced a 16-point haul to overtake Frano Botica on the club's all-time points-scoring chart as the Warriors cruised to victory over struggling Bradford at Odsal.

The 2010 Man of Steel scored one of his side's 10 tries and kicked six goals from eight attempts to take his points tally for the club to 1,943, edging him in front of Botica, with only Jim Sullivan and Andy Farrell now in front of him.

It was all too easy for the Warriors, with Darrell Goulding, Josh Charnley, Liam Farrell and Chris Tuson all taking advantage of a weak Bradford defence to score two tries piece.

Pat on the back: Richards scored 16 points for Warriors

Pat on the back: Richards scored 16 points for Warriors

The Bulls, who gave debuts to centre Keith Lulia and prop forward Phil Joseph, suffered a major blow when they lost goalkicking half-back Luke Gale with ankle ligament damage only nine minutes into the game and they found themselves trailing 16-0 after 22 minutes.

Full-back Sam Tomkins, a constant thorn in Bradford's side, did the early damage, joining the line and helped create an overlap for Goulding to send his winger Charnley over for the game's first try.

When stand-off Brett Finch carved out a simple touchdown for Richards and second rower Gareth Hock sidestepped past full-back Brett Kearney for a third try, the game looked to be over.

But Bradford left-winger Jason Crookes stopped the rot when he touched down Kearney's pinpoint kick to the corner on 29 minutes.

Former Crusaders half-back Jarrod Sammut, jeered by the Bulls fans after twice failing to find touch with penalty kicks, made amends by landing the touchline conversion and then brought the crowd to its feet with an 80-metre breakaway try, pouncing on a loose pass from Tomkins and accelerating away.

That made it 16-10 but Bradford undid much of their good work by conceding a sloppy try to Wigan substitute Chris Tuson, who forced his way over from close range four minutes before half-time.

Richards' third goal made it 22-10 and Wigan ran in five more tries in the third quarter to put the result beyond doubt.

They extended their lead within 90 seconds of the restart when Goulding made the most of some soft tackling to open his account for the season before Tuson took Finch's defence-splitting pass to wrongfoot Kearney for his second try.

A touchline break from Richards set up the position for Tuson to send fellow back rower Liam Farrell and, with the winger clearly winded by his efforts, Tomkins kicked the conversion.

It was all too easy for the Warriors as Goulding and Charnley both scored their second tries, Bradford pulled a try back through Kearney, one of their better players, and Sammut kicked a second goal but Richards fittingly had the final say when he broke clear to send Farrell over for his second try and kicked his sixth conversion.

Chelsea and Liverpool"s loyalty to Luis Suarez John Terry

Sportsmail comment: Liverpool and Chelsea”s loyalty must not be blind

The most startling line in the statement Liverpool released in response to learning that Luis Suarez had indeed been punished for racially abusing Patrice Evra was this: ‘It appears to us that the FA were determined to bring charges against Luis Suarez, even before interviewing him at the beginning of November.’

It was an impetuous statement anyway but that sentence was hugely unfair and irresponsible; a total failure to acknowledge the fact that Suarez’s case was reviewed by an independent three-man commission, including a QC, and something that has also incited fresh resentment and hatred towards innocent employees at Wembley.

Backing: Liverpool players wore t-shirts in support of Luis Suarez

Backing: Liverpool players wore t-shirts in support of Luis Suarez

Since Tuesday night some FA officials have been subjected to the most appalling abuse when they have had absolutely nothing to do with the case.

Liverpool accused the FA of prejudging the Suarez case when it is Liverpool who have prejudged it more than anyone. The same goes for Chelsea with regard to the John Terry case.

Players expect their managers to stand by them, and supporters expect to see that kind of loyalty too.

Support: John Terry has been backed by manager Andre Villas-Boas

Support: John Terry has been backed by manager Andre Villas-Boas

It is on such foundations that success is often built at a football club. It is how a manager creates a spirit and a unity within his squad. And let’s not forget these are extremely important players for their clubs: Suarez is Liverpool’s best player this season, Terry is Chelsea’s captain.

But when the issue is something as serious as racism, our football clubs also need to remember that they have a responsibility to the society in which we all live. One that right-minded people want to see rid of racial prejudice.

Both clubs have been incredibly vocal in their support of their players without the benefit of reviewing all the evidence. In the Suarez case, it is before Paul Goulding QC has provided the full written reasons for banning the player for eight matches; in the Terry case, it is before allowing the Metropolitan Police to complete their investigation.

Only the police and the CPS are in possession of all the facts when it comes to what happened between Terry and Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road on October 23. It is the police who have taken the witness statements and reviewed the evidence provided by Sky and their countless television cameras.

Until Terry’s case goes to court, and until Mr Goulding files his report and the FA appeal process then follows, Liverpool and Chelsea need to hold fire. Be supportive, yes, especially when Terry remains innocent until proven guilty.

Never walk alone: Kenny Dalglish was quick to throw his weight behind Suarez

Never walk alone: Kenny Dalglish was quick to throw his weight behind Suarez

But let the legal process run its course, and, in the case of Andre Villas-Boas, think about the wider implications of what you are saying before dismissing the accusations in so forthright a manner.

‘I will be really supportive of John Terry whatever the outcome of the situation,’ said Villas-Boas on Wednesday, before even learning of the CPS decision to prosecute.

But what if Terry is found guilty What if Suarez fails in his appeal and the evidence does point to him racially abusing Evra Where does that leave Liverpool and Chelsea